Donovan Mitchell completed a three-point game with 4:04 to go and the seeded Utah Jazz survived a late challenge from host Memphis Grizzlies for a 121-111 win in Game 3 of their Western Conference first round playoffs on Saturday night. .
Mitchell saved 10 of his game-high 29 points for the final four minutes, in which the Jazz outscored the Grizzlies 14-2 to go 2-1 in the top seven series.
Game 4 is scheduled for Monday night, also in Memphis.
Down 11 points early in the fourth period, Memphis used a 13-2 flurry to draw even for the first time all night at 98 points.
The teams then battled to six draws over the quarter until, after Ja Morant gave Memphis their final lead at 109-107 with 4:27 to go, Mitchell tipped into a driving hoop. on which he was the victim of a foul by Jonas Valanciunas. The ensuing free throw gave Utah a lead they never gave up.
Mitchell made a four-point game with a 3-pointer, Rudy Gobert added a layup and Mitchell had four straight free throws as Utah moved away from another double-digit lead and returned home .
Mike Conley scored 27 to go with eight assists for the Utah team. Jordan Clarkson and Bojan Bogdanovic added 15 points each, as did Gobert to complete a double-double with a record 14 rebounds.
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Morant finished with 28 points, a high for the team, with seven assists, while Dillon Brooks scored 27 points for Memphis, who was outscored 57-39 on 3 points.
Grayson Allen came off the bench with five 3-pointers to represent almost all of his 17 points, while Kyle Anderson (11 points, 13 rebounds) and Valanciunas (10 points, 13 rebounds) produced double-doubles for Memphis.
On the heels of a 141-point explosion in a 12-point home win in Game 2, Utah wasted no time in taking the lead in their first game on the road to the playoffs.
The first 3 points from Conley (two) and Royce O’Neal (one) helped Jazz quickly take a 13-5 lead. And when Georges Niang bombarded the seventh from Utah 3 points, the visitors had built up a 34-19 advantage in the last minute of the quarter.
But Memphis managed to draw, even with 7:58 remaining when Allen buried a 3-pointer to limit the Grizzlies’ flurry to open the final period.
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